Nikon Coolpix 885 review

Started Oct 7, 2003 | User reviews
rustedborg Veteran Member • Posts: 3,237
Nikon Coolpix 885 review

I purchased this camera quite a while ago but never got around to posting my
review of it until now. Like all consumer digital cameras, the CP885 has its
good and bad points. That said, I have been VERY happy with it. I'm so happy
with the CP885 in fact, that I use it as my main "go to" camera for just about
everything ... including a little studio work from time to time. That's right, I
use external flashes with digital slave triggers when I need to do something
with a real flash. The main thing I love about the CP885 is the VERY compact
size and ease of use. Candids are a snap with this camera ... unlike trying to
take candids with a giant SLR pointed at someone. And if you know what
you're doing this little go-anywhere camera can become a serious tool. Thanks
to in-camera noise reduction the images are much clearer (even at ISO 400)
than any other consumer digicam I've used. Obviously just about any DSLR
will capture images with less ISO noise, but the CP885 does a great job for a
consumer digicam.

Perhaps the biggest benefit to the CP885 is that you can use all the best
Coolpix accessories on this camera (conversion lenses, remote control, LCD
hoods, spotting scopes, etc.)

Right now (late 2003) you can find factory reconditioned CP885 cameras for
less than $200. At that price you shouldn't pass up the chance to own this little


OK. As I said in the beginning of my review, the CP885 isn't without "some"

1) As many people have said before, the CP885 has some problems with red
saturation. That said, Phil did an EXCELLENT job of explaining how to fix
this in his review of the CP885. In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements go
under Hue/Saturation and lower the red saturation to -15, and increase green
to +40, and blue to +40. I've found that this corrects the colors 99 percent of
the time. Although it might sound like a pain to have to adjust the color in all
your images, I don't always see the need to adjust the color, and the CP885
images require less Levels and Curves adjustments than images from my other
consumer digicams.

2) Some people have complained about lens problems and strange error
messages with their CP885 and CP4300 cameras. This lens problem is usually
what causes the evil error message on the LCD. While attempting to make the
great lens on the CP885 and CP4300 compact, Nikon created a lens that is a
little more fragile than the lenses on some other consumer cameras. If you stick
the camera in your pocket and something pushes on the lens, or if you apply
pressure to the lens while it's extended, you can damage the lens
motor/assembly and the lens will stop working. The easy solution to this is to
attach the lens/filter adapter to the front of the camera. The adapter will
protect the lens from pressure/impact. It's a lot easier to buy the $15 lens/filter
adapter than pay $100 for a repair. I've always used the adapter on the camera
and I've never had any problems.

There are a few other minor things that are comon to all other consumer
digicams, but a skilled photographer who understands the CP885 can
overcome those shortcomings VERY easily.

Nikon Coolpix 885
3 megapixels • 1.5 screen • 38 – 114 mm (3×)
Announced: Aug 23, 2001
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